Visit to Santa, A
- Publication date
- ca. 1963
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
One of the cheapest Santa films ever produced. Shot in Pittsburgh, with blurry home movie footage of Santa parades (on one float he sticks out of a giant chimney, on another he stands in the cockpit of a rocket ship). Santa sits in a vinylite Laz-E-Boy as he orders his elves (kids dressed in leotards) around. Features a trip to a department store and endless footage of a large toy train setup. Grueling.
- Closed captioning
- United States
- Run time
Subject: They don't makem like this any more!
Subject: 'Santa: The Porn Loop'
The Santa parade was shot in McKeesport, as you can see the Penn McKee Hotel along the route.
Subject: Nomination for the Worst Christmas Short Movie Ever
I thought the Jam Handy Rudolf was a contender, but this puts that one to shame.
Subject: Santa's Ranchstyle
That parade was the sparsest and least attended parade I ever did see. Pittsburgh sure looked like a dreary depressing slum in those days.
Those trains were actually very neat. I would have mesmerized for hours over 'em as a kid. Definitely.
I did not find this film quite so creepy or scary as others have described it but admit that I DO (as one commenter suggested) like to watch tornadoes plowing through cities and neighborhoods watching the roofs and other junk flying around in the air...and similar things,like shots of the Hindenburg going up in flames. I don't see this film quite like that though.
Wonder if "Miss Helen" from Ding Dong School was playing the organ?
Subject: "So bad, it's good"
Some of the reviews were lost and not recovered:
"Eeeeeeeek! Oh man I have no idea where Mr. Prelinger gets these things from. Cheap sets, God-awful music, Santa in a lovely recliner [...] and MORE MORE MORE! Can induce nightmares, so be warned!" (Spuzz)
"What do you get when you mix Dad, spiked eggnog and a Super 8? A visit to Santa!" (Cherokee Jack)
Subject: Dolls For Girls...
Isn't that out-of order?
Subject: Nostalgic Fun
Subject: OMG !!!!!! Horrible is an Understatement!
Subject: Thus Ends the Life of a Great Jolly Man..
Also, I love at the end, how he reminds the children the "true" meaning of Christmas after spending almost an entire day taunting them with toys. If I ever got the chance to go to drunken Santa's castle, I would expect to leave with at least something. I mean, give a kid a sucker. Instead, he mumbles something about Jesus, tries to quote a Bible verse, then throws them out. Jerk.
Subject: AUUUUUGH! Make it stop!
Subject: Charmingly Awful
Acting: I've seen better in "Captain Video" 1/5
Script: Again, I've seen better in "Captain Video" 1/5
Plot: Wait a minute, There's a plot?! 1/5
Historical Value: About the same as "Gigli" 1/5
Artistic Value: About the same as your average Mrs Miller album 1/5
Cultural Value: As non-existent as Jon Stewarts brain 1/5
Overall I give this 5/5. You simply MUST see this film!
Subject: The only good thing about this film
Subject: Another way to see it...
Subject: restored 23 previous reviews
Subject: OH MY!
I found this film to work better than sleeping pills, next time I have trouble getting to sleep I'm putting this on.
Subject: See below
It's too bad the archive couldn't archive the reviews eh?
And man, oh man, the fun we had about the possibility of destroying Clem Williams' fine name!
Subject: Where'd the reviews go?
Subject: Price of film
Subject: God this is awful!!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: No water for Dicky
Subject: Did AppleGirl Get Beaten as a Child?!?!
Subject: The Atomic Age Meets Santa
Subject: Christmas looked like that in 1960
Subject: Yuletide Cheese
Subject: Strange and sinister Santa movie
Subject: real life ..an opinion
Subject: A terrifying vision of our recent past
Subject: This movie burns my eyes
Subject: Truly Chilling
Subject: The perfect example of
Subject: This movie makes me want to die
Subject: Holy Crap
Subject: A frightening vision of hell
Subject: And the point is?
Subject: Santa Porn?
Subject: Santa's Magical Suburban Tract Home
Subject: Filthy lies
Subject: Hmmm let's see
Subject: Dear God!